Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln



Paul Royster

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Presentation delivered at LPC Library Publishing Forum 2014, Intercontinental Hotel, Kansas City, MO March 6, 2014


Copyright (where applicable) 2014 P. Royster. Re-use permitted.


Traditional publishing is based on ownership, commerce, paid exchanges, and scholarship as a commodity. Libraries are based on a service model of sharing resources & free exchange. I believe library publishing should be based on those values. Library publishing should not duplicate or emulate traditional publishing.

What do university presses think of library publishing? Why would we want to adopt those attitudes towards ourselves?

We are not gatekeepers; our mission is dissemination. Libraries need to publish because traditional publishing has: high rejection rates, surrender of intellectual property, long production schedules, high cost of products, and limited dissemination.

Zea Books products & policies. Miscellaneous advice for library publishers. My idea of criteria. The need for a cooperative distribution network.

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